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Salt or no salt that is the question I pose to you.
Do you really know why salt is added to your soft plastics?
Do you know the history behind salt impregnated baits?
Does it really make fish bite and hold on longer?
Are you tired of me asking all these questions?
We are going to look into some of these questions and see if we
can find the answers.
I can remember when salt first started showing up in soft
plastics. Well actually it
started showing up in the bags. It
looked like someone spilled a box of Morton Kosher Salt in with the
worms. I spent the better
part of an hour looking for the little girl with an umbrella on the out
side of that first bag of worms I bought.
I can remember racing off to the farm pond behind the house to
try out my salt covered worms. I
bit the tip of the worm off (Yum), pegged the sinker and loaded for
bear. My wife tells me I am
addicted to salt. I believe it was my first encounter with that salt
doused worm. Man I love to
chew on those things to this day.
Somewhere down the line manufactures got smart and they
started to inject it directly into the plastics.
I guess they figured out that the old system of salting your
worms was fruitless, since the salt dissolved as soon as the bait
entered the water. Now days
it seems like every bag of plastics you pick up has salt in it, injected
throughout the bait to give it that long lasting flavor so fish bite and
hold on. Or do they, lets
take into consideration what Mr. Largemouth eats; crawfish, lizards,
worms, fish, etc... Well really just about anything he can get his mouth
around. The last time I
checked I had to add salt to any of these things before I could eat them
(We can discuss me eating lizards some other time).
Itís not like they come pre-salted for Mr. Largemouths eating
pleasure. So do you
know why they add salt?
Studies have shown that salt does help.
Bass will tend to hold on to baits longer that have salt injected
in them. Now when I say
longer I donít mean a minute or two, Iím talking a second or two.
Usually the time between you think you might have a bite and you
had a bite. Salt also serves
another purpose, covering up scent.
Plastics baits are made from petroleum based products and along
with petroleum comes the smell. Cheaper
grade plastics have a more pungent smell, while higher grade plastics
have a very minimal smell. This
in turn is why so many manufactures use so much salt in their baits.
Chances are they are making your baits with a low grade plastic
that with out the salt or sent would smell like you spilled gasoline in
the bag. I donít think
that would turn on our little green friend.
On the other hand there are some manufactures that use higher
grade plastics and still add salt and sent to the baitsĖgo figure.
Usually the trade off is expense.
The lower grade plastics are cheaper of course.
The last aspect I want to touch on is when to use salt and
when not to use salt. The
one characteristic of salt that a lot of anglers overlook is its
absorption properties. Salt
absorbs water. When a soft
plastic loaded with salt absorbs water it does one thing, sink.
So the next time you are throwing a
By the way I tore those bass up in the farm pond behind my
house that day. It probably
didnít hurt that it was stocked but none the less it was a good day of
fishing. Salt definitely has
its place. Remember though,
too much salt can ruin any meal.
Ranger Boats, Mercury Marine, Motorguide, Exodus Baits, D & S
Lures, Bass Pro Shops,